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#1 Posted on 2.7.05 2059.31
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I'm surprised there wasn't already a thread for this.

I didn't really think about the concert today, got up, played golf, and happened to flip to it this afternoon.

My God, it was great. The reunion of Pink Floyd, Richard Ashcroft with Coldplay, Neil Young, and U2 were all highlights.

I'm watching a five-hour "Greatest Hits" on CTV (Canada) right now. Anyone else have any thoughts? I heard MTV was brutal with their coverage.

I'm hoping a DVD set is released from the concert(s) today.
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#2 Posted on 2.7.05 2219.29
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I managed to catch various performances through out the day. I was pretty impressed with Audioslave. Intially, I thought Chris Cornell may of been drunk due to the expression on his face but the way he varied up his vocals for "Like a Stone" was excellent to hear.
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#3 Posted on 2.7.05 2317.24
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My favorite part was listening to the MTV censors try to keep up with Snoop. Needless to say, they failed a whole bunch, and they'd just miss an f-bomb with the bleeping machine.

I was impressed with the Who and with Pink Floyd. I'm quite glad I didn't go to the Philly show. Getting heatstroke while watching on a big TV isn't my idea of a good time.
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#4 Posted on 2.7.05 2345.26
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For me, I felt the Philly show was mostly a letdown (although I've heard that Russell Simmons sort of saved that show from being a complete disaster in terms of the lineup). I watched it all day with a friend of mine, and we spent most of it catching the streaming video from AOL. Absolutely amazing.

The only gripes:
1. Travis covering the Bee Gees "Staying Alive." I really enjoyed their set until then, and this just came off as goofy and kinda disrupted the flow of the set.
2. MTV's coverage. It was, in a word, absolutely awful. It was sort of awkward, in that you felt the VJs in Philly were trying to push the lineup there, but couldn't help but keep accentuating how cool it was for the others to be in London. That and they chopped up EVERYTHING. It would've been nice if they had MTV and VH1 not simulcast it, because I was hoping to catch something different and unexpected (maybe even a full song by the RED ELVISES~! in Moscow).
3. BBC America. I think it was almost literally the only regional BBC network that didn't air any coverage of the show. It's possible that MTV had exclusive rights to air it in North America, in which case that's crappy. Although with BBC America's programming choices (No Doctor Who...why?!) I wouldn't be surprised if they just went "eh, we'll air the same Python episodes we've been showing for the past two months instead."

Those were really minor complaints, mostly due to having streamed access (and replays) to the shows. I had absolutely no idea Waters was reuniting and performing with Floyd, so that absolutely made my week. A close second was reading that Chris de Burgh (who I only associate with the adult contempo classic "Lady in Red") was performing at Berlin. Simply hilarious.
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#5 Posted on 3.7.05 0145.54
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I'm sure BBC America didn't have the rights. MTV and ABC aren't going to let a minor network in on the action just because that network is connected with the one showing it overseas.

I also wonder if MTV wasn't restricted from showing complete performances because of some rights deal for the Webcast or from ABC. Because if they had the rights to show all of those performances complete, and presented what they did, they need to be thrown in jail for their bullshit.

McCartney was pretty much what he always is, and hearing him play with U2 was great, but what the heck was up with playing just the ending to "Hey Jude"? I don't get it. I also wish he'd do some of his solo material at these things.

Stevie Wonder was a highlight, and I liked him bringing the younger artists out to sing with him.

Green Day doing "We Are The Champions" was weird. Not exactly the most appropriate lyrics for the occasion, you know?

Was it my imagination, or did ABC air the f-bomb in "Who Are You" in primetime?
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#6 Posted on 3.7.05 0702.08
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I wanted to enjoy Live 8 but MTV's coverage made it next to impossible for me. I wanted to see U2, The Who, Sting, Shakira, Snoop Dogg, etc. but thanks to MTV, VH1 and the way they were chopping the show up and not showing whole performances - not even entire songs in some cases - I couldn't make heads nor tails of who was performing when and how from all the jumping around they did. And the VJs prattling on was intolerable, especially the younger MTV ones who have no real sense of musical history beyond what was on the TRL countdown last week. I gave it a go from noon to 2:30 but gave up soon after and found other things to do with my Saturday.

Instead, I signed the One campaign online and gave up on the Live 8 broadcast. I hope the DVD will be out soon so I can see the entire concert and hear these incredible artists perform.
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#7 Posted on 3.7.05 1033.26
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By the way...which one's Pink?

webcast is right on - but yeah, the DVD will rule. Cept Pink is against people spening $$$. I don't get it

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Stevie Wonder was a highlight, and I liked him bringing the younger artists out to sing with him.

Green Day doing "We Are The Champions" was weird. Not exactly the most appropriate lyrics for the occasion, you know?

Wonder has got the best voice ever. Billie Joe hitting two Mercury notes was great....ha ha ha! The Who said "fuck" and Pink Floyd got edited for " don't gimme none of that do-goody goody bullshit". Stone Temple ain't no Axl, but that was good...Madonna was phenomenal, Black Eyed Peas too...and Snoop, stoned. Some dude I don't know sang a nice song, U2 sang one one the 3 perfect songs...REM sucked, but no one asked him to be Annie Lennox. Sir Paul is always good. He played his Super Bowl Medley...Why the Who seem old and Mick and Keith (not invited) don't, is a matter of taste. The combined wealth of those involved could feed Africa for 100 years, but that ain't Pink's point, I guess


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#8 Posted on 3.7.05 1821.18
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With all the choppy editing and the such, MTV still had time to show about 4 full songs from Jay-Z/Linkin Park. Hmm, I wonder why that was??

Also, it seemed like the VH1/MTV Europe VJs just hated each other. Aamer Haleem and the MTV Europe dude were just sniping back and forth and it took me out of the moment. Along those lines, it looked like Sway wanted to deck Rachel Perry a few times.

All in all, I'm also glad that I didn't go over to Philly for the show. 300 toilets for one million people? No thanks.
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#9 Posted on 3.7.05 1939.59
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Over here we got great coverage. On BBC they had Non-stop, commercial free from 1pm till around midnight. And that was just the London show. You could then go into interactive mode and chose see every other show in the world. They had constant feed of Philly and Berlin and the other show in England and on a fifth screen had switching feeds between Moscow-which was short, Toronto, Paris and Rome. Alot of F-bombs, it was almost like they were encouraged, even Madonna joined in. No bleeping attempts at all.

I'm assuming they went right into the end of ''Hey Jude'' because they were running very late and needed to wrap and everyone wanted to get to sing-along to ''Na Na Na Na'' anyways.

I really wanted to see Audioslave but missed it. I thought Will Smith getting everyone to sing along to the Fresh Prince theme was awesome. I remembered most of it. Overall, i thought London had the best line up.
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#10 Posted on 4.7.05 0848.06
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I'm with everyone else... The London show kicked Philly's ass. There were awesome turn outs in all locations, but the London show just was much better.

I hated the Mtv/VH1 coverage too. It was if they were admitting that they were at the weaker show, but since they sent more VJ's to Philly, you would just have to sit through their banter-- so now! And Rachel Perry is REALLY annoying. I can't blame Sway for looking like he wanted to smack her. I would have done it for him.

What I found most annoying is them cutting the songs in half, especially those from the London show, and then they would cut back to John Norris and Ahmer (what's his last name) talking about how great it was to see them perform. We'd get 30 seconds of a feed and it was like they were rubbing it in.

I did like that ABC came back and aired highlights of the show and I did get to see full performances from some artists. Then VH-1 Classic showed them again last night.
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#11 Posted on 4.7.05 1447.47
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I don't think there's anyone who really was interested in any concert other than the London show. Every other lineup was pretty spotty, aside from all the all-star festival that England got.

CTV coverage was pretty decent, at least, with several cutaways to some of the big-name acts at other venues. Saw the whole Canadian show in "Toronto" (actually Barrie, Ontario) and there was the comic moment of Celine Dion being booed by the crowd. Dan Aykroyd and Tom Green hosted the show, and lord, what a half-assed job.

From the performances I saw, best ones were the Barenaked Ladies, U2, Kanye West and Madonna.
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#12 Posted on 4.7.05 2154.16
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I was at the London show and it was absolutely incredible. It was such a solid line-up that it was almost too ambitious, running over 10 hours- which is a long f'n time to be on your feet.

U2 was spectacular as always and was a great way to open the show. As a HUGE fan of the Verve, I totally went mad for Ashcroft singing with Coldplay. I thought Elton sucked and wasn't too impressed with REM. Mariah went totally crazy on her assistant and terrified the African children's choir. Snoop was hilarious. I loved Travis busting into "Staying Alive" at the end of "Side", it actually does fit with the lyrics of the song.

Sting was solid and I really dug his altered "Every Breath You Take".

The Who and Pink Floyd amazed me. You'd never guess that they were as old as they are.

Macca put on a good show but had to have been stinkin drunk by the time he came out to close the show. "Helter Skelter" was enough to pull the last energy I had out of me that night.

It was likely the best concert I will ever see... I doubt I'll ever see such a stacked line-up in my lifetime again.
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#13 Posted on 5.7.05 0118.33
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Dutch TV screwed me out of my Audioslave fix, they never got to air that footage and I was at a local concert (non Live8 related) when they aired Velvet REvolver so I was sad for missing those.
But some of the other bands I saw gave me chills or close to.
U2 was really good. Bono's voice has me worried these days but he got through things with ease. Seeing them play with Sir Paul was a thrill.
Green Day was really energetic and even though they just did part of their regular live show (including the "I say-a-HEEEEEEEE-HOO" bits) it was very cool. I had no problems with 'We are the champions' someone needs to do a Queen song on a festival like this

The Who sounded amazing. I forgot Daltry has such a good set of pipes.
Seeing Pink Floyd -with- Roger Waters was very cool. I am not a fan of them (know too little to be one) but I know an important moment when I see one, and that was one. Wish you were here is such a great song.

And hearing Helter Skelter..that song always makes me go nuts and to hear it like that, was just awesome.

As you can see I am mostly talking about the London show. Watched BBC most of the day, and switched to Dutch tv for Berlin footage (no cool interactive mode here)
A reason why I have no idea what happened in Philly is the time zone difference ofcourse. Didn't feel like staying up until 6am

Oh, and about the statement that Floyd has enough money to feed Africa for a year. I think 99% of these artists have that. But that wasn't the point of the show, now was it?
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#14 Posted on 5.7.05 1445.00
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AOL has apparently put everything online:

Or, for Firefox users (the AOL plugin is IE only),
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#15 Posted on 5.7.05 1827.18
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Thanks for the link, as I was getting frustrated with having to use IE to view it.

In addition:
- a limited list of highlights from the show.
- Full rebroadcasts of shows in Philly, London, Barrie (listed as Toronto), Berlin, Paris, and Rome. (note - link brings you to the London broadcast)
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#16 Posted on 6.7.05 0400.55
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I usually don't dig reunion tours, since they always seem too capitalistic for my tastes. But before I die, I got to see the real version Pink Floyd (well minus Sid Barret of course)perform one more time, live and in person. Gilmour at the helm just didn't do anything for me. Any indications a reunion tour/album might come to fruition?
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#17 Posted on 6.7.05 0958.49
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Stranger things have happened, but the Floyd members all still hate each other. Remember that Geldof talked the Police into 'reuniting' (though they technically hadn't broken up yet) back in 1985 for Live Aid, but nothing ever came of that. I think you'll see Chinese Democracy come out before Pink Floyd with Waters and Gilmour together again.
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#18 Posted on 9.7.05 2321.26
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The Police didn't reunite for Live Aid. Sting played with Phil Collins and Branford Marsalis.

There's been a lot of chatter about a Floyd reunion tour with Waters since before Live 8 was announced. It could still fall apart, but it's clear that it's in the works.
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#19 Posted on 10.7.05 0152.19
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Then when was the benefit where the Police left their instruments on stage? U2 was on the same bill.
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#20 Posted on 10.7.05 0835.18
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    Originally posted by drjayphd
    Then when was the benefit where the Police left their instruments on stage? U2 was on the same bill.

It was an Amnesty International concert a couple of years after Live Aid. I have it on tape somewhere. I remember they opened with "Message in a Bottle".
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